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- Language: English
- ASIN: B006ZRBXFS
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- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
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The Final Alchemy Kindle Edition
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The author manages to mix historical fact and fiction into a tense and readable story. I knew very little about the subject and the time it was set and I was fascinated by the accounts of the exploration for the elusive north west passage trade route, a sort of holy grail for the early explorers of late Elizabethan England and beyond.
Well written, interesting characters and a gripping plot. I can easily recommend it as free read but even if I'd paid I would have been more than satisfied.
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Many think of Henry Hudson as the sort of explorer that Columbus was, opening up our lands for development. Here the perspective is on the Englishman Henry Hudson, who was an explorer in the employ of commercial investors seeking the Northwest Passage to the Orient for the profit and commerce to be gained by the shorter route. As an added bonus, this is a "book within a book", in that Hudson's story is told by his own journal as well as through the reminiscences and perspective of fellow captain in the industry and one time first mate, Robert Bylot. Bylot serves as narrator, as main character of his own story, and as the voice of moral reason as he looks back on life.
As any good HF should do, this book had me scurrying back and forth to get some historical facts, and in the process my curiousity has led to learning about Dr. John Dee, Magus to Queen Elizabeth and the John Dee Society, the impact alchemistry had upon the economics of building the British empire, the history of cartography and the process for mapping the world. The reader is fully drawn in to the whirlpools of the humanity of Henry Hudson and his family life, the stress, courage, hope, and desperate sacrifice that went into the journeys made to and around the New World.
Wilson is to be congratulated for mastery of techniques that plague many authors. He is able to transition the book between time, places, and even two main character voices clearly and easily. The dialogue rings true to the times and to the personalities as they unfold. His characters are all three dimensional and they serve up plot twists and transmute themes with understated eloquence. Get this book just before the next snow storm keeps you indoors, make a mug of cocoa and light the fire, you're in for a great journey!